The Kansas City Royals were able to get back on track with a much-needed victory against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. A confidence bump for Kansas City could not have come at better time after the team was swept by the Minnesota Twins in very disappointing fashion.
After getting blown out in the first two games, the Royals blew an eighth-inning lead with a throwing error from pitcher Wade Davis that allowed both the tying and winning runs to score. After a day off, the Royals traveled to Houston looking for their first road win of the season. Thanks to another strong performance from Rookie of the Year hopeful Yoradano Ventura (seven IP, four H, three BB, seven K, one ER), they were able to get it.
The win gave the Kansas City faithful a big sigh of relief. The fans have been incredibly patient with their team. This is supposed to be the year the Royals make their first postseason since 1985. They finally have the talent to compete, but disappointing defense (11 unearned runs in 12 games) and under-performance at the plate (three runs per game) has the team in the cellar of the AL Central at 5-7.
The sample size is still pretty small, but this is not the start Royals fans had envisioned. The team has not played up to their talent level yet, and has blown a couple of close games on miscues professionals shouldn’t make. A win against the Astros may not sound like much, but it could be just the confidence-booster the Royals need to get out of their recent funk.